Arrived in Paihia!

Hey everyone! Sorry I haven’t been blogging at all but it turns out that New Zealand does not really believe in free Wi-Fi. So here I sit, at midnight, with one single bar in my connection.  I’m going to be sharing some of my pictures and experiences below.  Starting with my flights and arrival.

I left Regina, SK at 1:50 P. M.  My flight went to Calgary and then Vancouver.  This took about three hours total, including layovers.  At this point I was feeling pretty awake and excited for me trip.  I had four hours to kill so decided to hit up a restaurant and talk to some of the travelers that surrounded me.  Strangely enough, two wonderful young women were from Wellington and gave me a ton of tips for when I came to their city.

The plane ride from Vancouver to Auckland was a long one for sure.  Luckily, I was pretty tired from traveling already so I did get some shut eye. I ended up purchasing exit row seat which wasawesome because I had a lot of extra leg room….  Totally worth the extra hundred bucks on a 14 hour flight.  I arrived in Auckland International Airport at approximately 5:00 a.m. and headed for the bus station.

The bus from Auckland to Paihia in the Bay of Islands was not expected until 7:45 a.m. so I wasted a few hours sitting on the ground and reading “The Fault in our Stars” by John Greene (great read, a little too lovey at times but I definitely recommend it).  The bus ride was four hours and at 11:55 a.m.  I arrived at my first destination, Paihia!

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The minute I arrived at Paihia

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Checking out the city!

This was the view from my hostel balcony:
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I finished reading three books in two days with this beautiful view.
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To be continued…

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